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JANUARY 2018
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CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
CHARLES GERACI, FEATURE AUTHOR
Charles Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, is associate director for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at NIOSH.
EDWARD ZECHMANN, FEATURE AUTHOR
Edward Zechmann, MS, PE, INCE bd. cert., is a U.S. Public Health Service officer currently working for NIOSH in the Hearing Loss Prevention Team.  
ROBERTA SMITH, FEATURE AUTHOR
Roberta Smith, MSPH, RN, CIC, COHN-S, CIH, is the occupational health program manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and is the Infection Control Subcommittee chair of the AIHA Healthcare Working Group.
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FROM “JUST IN TIME” TO “JUST NEXT DOOR”
21ST-CENTURY MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDUSTRIAL HYGIENISTS Technologies like additive manufacturing and robotics are changing manufacturing, and industrial hygienists must reconsider how potential worker health and safety risks are evaluated and managed.
BY CHARLES GERACI AND LAURA HODSON
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HOW TO BUY SAFER, QUIETER TOOLS
A PROCESS MANAGEMENT APPROACH TO REDUCING NOISE AND HAND-ARM VIBRATION WHILE IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY 
AND QUALITY
The forthcoming update to SAE International Standard AS6228 will help industrial hygienists support improved safety in their workplaces and encourage the availability 
of safer, more productive equipment.
BY EDWARD ZECHMANN, MARK GEIGER, AND BRYAN BEAMER
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INTEGRATING IH INTO HEALTHCARE
KEY CONCERNS FOR A RAPIDLY GROWING FIELD
An industrial hygienist’s scope of practice aligns with many aspects of a healthcare environment. How can 
the industrial hygienist be an integral resource in the healthcare industry?
BY ROBERTA SMITH
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NOISE MONITORING: LISTEN UP...
NOISE DOSIMETERS VS. SOUND-LEVEL METERS
Noise monitoring delivers accurate insights into workers’ exposure, showing specific areas of concern. With many devices on the market, it can be difficult to identify what type of product is most suitable for your working environment. Is it better to use a noise dosimeter or a sound-level meter, and what are the differences between the two?

BY TIM TURNEY
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From "Just in Time" to
"Just Next Door"
21st-century Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities for Industrial Hygienists
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